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How Long Does Fever Associated With Viral Meningitis Last
When someone is symptom free from viral meningitis, are they no longer contagious? My friend just has a runny nose, otherwise he is fine, no fever.
Viral meningitis is inflammation of the tissues in the brain and spinal cord that is caused most commonly by enteroviruses. Viral meningitis is not usually as severe as bacterial meningitis and usually resolves without any treatment. However, viral meningitis that is caused by the herpes virus can be life threatening if left untreated. Symptoms include fever, neck stiffness, ...Read more
How should be viral meningitis treated? (got headache, fever, neck pain, vomiting, but nothing else)
Does contagiousness of viral meningitis go away once fever goes away? My friend just has a runny nose and is otherwise healthy after just having it.
Varies some: There are a variety of causes for viral meningitis & their pattern of contagiousness depends of the virus involved. The most common are enteroviruses, which are usually present in oral secretions during the fever stage & later for up to 6 weeks in the stool. Droplet avoidance/hand washing & antiseptic use is advisable at any stage. ...Read more
Mom has viral meningitis, hospitalized. No fever, nomore red spots on knees or red eyes. Still has severe headaches, stiff neck; low white cells. Help?
Ask her doctor: Viral meningitis presents with headache, sometimes sensitivity to light or sound, nausea, vomiting, fever, stiff neck, malaise, sometimes mental changes and the spinal fluid shows findings which are not compatible with bacterial meningitis. Your mom should get better fairly quickly and be back to full health soon, but if you have questions, ask her doctor. ...Read more
Usually until the: Infection has essentially run its course over one to two weeks and the degree of symptoms is very variable. ...Read more
Days to weeks: Viral meningitis typically only requires supportive therapy and patients recover after days to weeks. Most viruses responsible for causing meningitis are not amenable to specific treatment and conservative measures such as fluid, bedrest, and analgesics are usually effective. ...Read more
How long does the viral meningitis virus stay in your body? If I feel completely fine after 12 days, does it mean I am cured?
My son (6) had viral meningitis (enterovirus) last week. He was good for 3 days then got a temp (38.2) and now has chronic diarrhear. Is this normal?
I spoke to a doctor about my viral meningitis lasting longer than a month he suggested I go back to ER to get hooked up to an IV to get hydrat in brai?
Hospitalized w/viral meningitis 2days ago. Now high fever, red spots have gone but nausea, stiff neck & severe headache remains, is she getting better?
Hard to tell: From the information you have given it is impossible to tell what the actual diagnosis is or how the patient is doing. This should be discussed at length with the treating doctors. ...Read more
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Viral meningitis: Viral meningitis can produce a wide variety of medical problems. Some patients are relatively asymptomatic, whereas others require hospitalization for severe headache, dehydration, altered mental status, and seizures. In severe cases, patients may require intensive care, and can have long term neurologic problems. ...Read more
FEVER, HEADACHE, NECK:
The symptoms of viral meningitis are fever, headache, upper respiratory symptoms like cogh and neck stiffnes, congestion, nausea&vomiting. Symptoms are more like the symptoms of influenza and sometimes the diagnosis is missed and patient recovers as no antibiotics are needed
recovery is uneventful and complete in most cases. ...Read more
Beattles me: Viruses usually infect through the respiratory tract. This means that you get them through the nose and lungs and then they go to the brain. However, ticks and fleas and mosquitoes can inject the virus directly into your blood stream. I do not know any beetles that do this, but am sure there are some who try. ...Read more
Yes, but. ..: Since herpes simplex virus is a cause of viral meningitis, a person with herpes is at some risk for viral meningitis. However, viral meningitis is not common, can be from other viruses, and some people who get herpes meningitis never had herpes sores before. So, a normal person with herpes should not worry too much about meningitis, since his risk is likely similar to the risk everyone else has. ...Read more
Aseptic: Meningitis is an inflammation of the outer coating of the brain. A spinal tap will show inflammatory cells in spinal fluid. Bacteria will be seen and cultured if present. If nothing grows it is considered aseptic. This usually means that a virus is the cause. Special tests and cultures may or may not identify the virus. Viruses may infect the brain itself causing encephalitis. ...Read more
Fever, BAD headache: Bacterial meningitis can cause brain damage (with bad outcomes such as deafness, blindness, inability to do everyday activities, ..., and possibly death). The routine types of viral meningitis usually resolve by themselves, with the patients returning to normal. There are some less common types of viral meningitis that do cause damage. These are reasons why meningitis is a serious illness. ...Read more
Is viral meningitis contagious as I'm starting to have same symptoms as my work colleague who has just been diagnosed.?
What should I do if two kids at school have been diagnosed with viral meningitis, and I don't want to contract this disease?
Avoid/vaccine: The short term answer is avoid them until their illness resolves. The longer-term answer is to get vaccinated against the disease. ...Read more
No: No relationship between the two.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: There is often a encephalitis or meningitis component to this disease. However, in the vast majority of people with disease, there is no neurological symptoms. If you are immunocompromised (very young, very old, have hiv, etc) then you may be more susceptible. If you have fever, headaches, fatigue, malaise, nausea, vomiting, you may be showing central nervous system signs and symptoms. ...Read more
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